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Welcome Messages from the Community

Welcome to our community.

Grinnell is a tight-knit community, and the threads that make it up cross through the campus and the town and back again. A few of the community leaders would like to wish you a warm welcome to one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America."

From campus and local leaders to small business owners, members of our community are eager to welcome you to Grinnell and introduce you to all the opportunities we have to offer.

Message From Student Government

To our newest Grinnellians,

Lana Katai

Welcome to the Grinnell College community! My name is Lana Katai ’21 (she/hers), and I have the great privilege of serving as Grinnell’s Student Government Association (SGA) President. There’s so much I have to say to you as a new Grinnellian, but let me start by commending you for being so resilient during this difficult time. The college application process is stressful enough under regular circumstances, no less during a pandemic. Your admission to Grinnell is no small feat, and I hope you are proud of yourself for this major accomplishment.

At Grinnell, the opportunity to learn and grow is limitless. There is no shortage of brilliance within our faculty and student body — something I’m sure you noticed during your application process. Grinnell professors genuinely care for your academic and personal wellbeing, and Grinnell students are both brilliant and engaged with campus life around them. We also hail from all corners of the world!

You will walk a very special path if you choose Grinnell — I know that I have. This institution has enabled me to become a better scholar, leader, friend, and most importantly, a better person.

I extend a massive congratulations on your admission to Grinnell College and hope that you choose Grinnell to be your home for the next four years of your journey.

Best wishes,

Lana Katai ’21
SGA President


Messages from our Community

Dan Agnew

Dan Agnew

Mayor of Grinnell, IA

"Many of your fellow students become personally involved in a community, social, or educational endeavor off campus, which strengthens their college experience. I hope you will be part of this movement, as well."

Delphina Baumann

Delphina Baumann

Founder of SHE COUNTS

"There are myriad opportunities to participate and have a seat at the table as active and engaged citizens. I hope to see you on campus in the fall."

Deanna Shorb

Rev. Deanna Shorb

Director, Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice

"The College is a religiously and spiritually diverse community, rich in personalities and filled with students, faculty, and staff who are eager to share their experiences and hear about yours."

Joey Pagliai holds up a pizza

Joey Pagliai

Owner, Pagliai's Pizza Grinnell

"Many students come from very different backgrounds than my own, and it has been fascinating to hear about their lives and share about mine with them. Despite our differences, I’m always able to find wonderful similarities."

Ashley Grundler

Ashley Grundler & Sandy Motta

LINK Mentoring Mentor Coordinators

"Many students say that taking a break from campus life to spend time with their mentee has been a highlight of their time in our community."

Monica Chavez-Silva

Monica Chavez-Silva

Vice President of Community Engagement & Strategic Planning, Grinnell College

"We invite you to learn about some of the ways that the College and community come together for the greater good."

Monique McLay Shore ’90

Monique McLay Shore ’90

Drake Community Library

"Your campus and classroom experience will challenge you to grow and expand your understanding of the world. But there is much that can be learned off campus, too."

Tim Hammond

Tim Hammond

Chair, City of Grinnell Human Rights Commission

"The work toward achieving inclusion is never done; there is always progress to be made toward equity. We want you to be a contributing member of that progress and hope you’ll join this distinct community."


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